The President of the United States of America, Joe Biden has landed in Israel on a solidarity visit following Hamas attacks that have led to major Israeli reprisals.
Air Force One touched down just before 11 am (0800 GMT) at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to welcome Biden personally on the tarmac.
Speaking to reporters as Biden flew to Tel Aviv, White House national security spokesperson, John Kirby said Biden would put “tough questions” to Israeli leaders but did not give details.
Kirby further stated that Biden will meet Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli war cabinet seeking to get a sense of Israel’s plans and aims.
He also aims to get humanitarian aid into Gaza, where millions of Palestinians are surviving with scant food, fuel and water due to Israel’s siege.
Kirby said, “He’ll be asking some tough questions, he’ll be asking them as a friend, as a true friend of Israel, but he’ll be asking some questions of them.”
It was unclear what Biden could accomplish during his visit. Kirby said the U.S. president planned to speak with Abbas and Sisi on his way back to Washington.